Louisiana Snow Day and Embracing a Sense of Wonder / by Amy DeRosia

CC photo by Erin

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
— W.B. Yeats

In Shreveport, it snowed today for the first time in about three years. I looked up at the sky this morning watching huge, wet snowflakes hit my face. Others floated to the ground and actually stayed there. This never happens here. 

My facebook newsfeed was full of pure, collective joy. Friends were documenting their little kids reactions to seeing snow for the first time and acting like kids themselves. Everyone was building BIG snowmen, having snowball fights, and trying to figure out what else you do with this white stuff on the ground that would be gone soon. 

When you know an experience is rare and fleeting, you savor it. You notice more around you. Everything slows down a bit. Serendipty happens. Memories are made. 

This attitude does not have to be limited to the rare snow day. Awe can become habit -a way of approaching the world.

Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.
— Marcus Aurelius

A sense of wonder can be cultivated by:

Noticing small moments and appreciating them. This can be as simple as paying attention to your breathe or the way you drink your morning coffee. Slow down.

Being more conscious about connecting with each other. Positive, shared experiences can be uplifting for all of us.  Choose to put all of your energy into wherever you are: a conversation, game, party, etc.

Making time to play whenever the opportunity presents itself. Life is stressful . But days like today show show me how capable we are of enjoying life without too much effort. This kind of aliveness gives us hope. 

How do you savor regular life? Let me know in the comments.